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Q&A: Death Cab For Cutie Preview Their Final Album With Chris Walla
Oct 23, 2014 3:54pm | StereoGum

It’s weird to think about the fact that Death Cab For Cutie have now been a band for nearly two decades. For those of us who came of age alongside the band’s music, revisiting Death Cab’s back catalog — currently seven albums deep — can be something akin to re-reading old diary entries: deeply personal, wistfully sentimental, and generally indicative of who and where we were at the time. Death Cab’s last studio album, 2011′s somewhat divisive Codes And Keys, seemed to show the band at a kind of impasse. While it certainly wasn’t a terrible album, it also didn’t seem like a band pushing forward. Instead, it was the sound of a band treading water, resting heavily on their own well-worn, sweetly melodic laurels. Next year, Death Cab will release their as-yet-untitled eighth studio album, their first since the departure of band member (and longtime producer) Chris Walla. Despite the amicable split — an event that has caused longtime Death Cab fans no small amount of distress — the remaining members of Death Cab seem to have embraced the change as a much-needed shot in the arm and the kind of healthy shakeup that they didn’t even realize they needed.

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This cassette player plays Spotify from actual tapes
Oct 23, 2014 3:36pm | Fact Magazine

How’s this for cassette tape nostalgia?

Feeling particularly nostalgic for the clunky-and-chunky tape players of yore, British developer and maker Matt Brailsford has made one that plays Spotify playlists but still uses actual cassette tapes.

First, Brailsford gutted a tape player, loading in a DIY Raspberry Pi computer board that runs Spotify-enabled MusicBox software. He then inserted NFC tags into old cassettes, each with ID numbers that correspond to matching Spotify playlists.

All the buttons on the cassette player are supported, as well as two-sided tapes, and the whole project only took a few weeks. Watch the player in action below. [via CNET]



CNN guy says doctor in NY possibly has ebola, "took an über to Williamsburg bowling alley yesterday"
Oct 23, 2014 3:36pm | Brooklyn Vegan

BREAKING: Possible NYC #Ebola didn't self-quarantine; took an über to Williamsburg bowling alley yesterday; now has fever/pain/nausea

— Vaughn Sterling (@vplus) October 23, 2014

BREAKING: CDC team is packing up to go to NYC -- specimen will be en route soon from NYC to CDC Atlanta for #Ebola testing -CNN

— Vaughn Sterling (@vplus) October 23, 2014

BREAKING: Possible #Ebola case in Manhattan is a Doctors Without Borders physician who had returned from West Africa about ten days ago -CNN

— Vaughn Sterling (@vplus) October 23, 2014

CNN BREAKING: NYC Bellevue hospital treating possible #Ebola patient who had been treating Ebola in Africa

— Vaughn Sterling (@vplus) October 23, 2014

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Thurston Moore Sees Your Snarky Tweets About Him
Oct 23, 2014 3:35pm | StereoGum

Thurston Moore’s latest interview to promote his new solo album The Best Day comes via The Wall Street Journal. It’s a fascinating conversation that touches on Moore’s mom (whose photo adorns The Best Day’s cover), the lingering insight behind Pavement’s “Shady Lane,” post-war poetry, a whole slew of rock stars, Moore’s songwriting these days, and his belief that by the end of Sonic Youth the band’s audience had “decoded” them. It also includes this exchange about public criticism of Moore’s private life in the wake of his affair and subsequent divorce from Kim Gordon:

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James played Webster Hall for CMJ (setlist), added to free Rough Trade day party w/ Pinact, September Girls & more
Oct 23, 2014 3:32pm | Brooklyn Vegan

(photo by @joerussophoto)

Veteran UK alt-rock band James are in town this week, having played Webster Hall on Tuesday (10/21) as part of CMJ. In addition to songs off their 13th album, La Petite Mort, the Manchester band played crowd favorites such as "Born of Frustration," "Come Home" and "Say Something." Setlist below.

James have added another NYC show this week and it's in a much more intimate venue, headlining Rough Trade's free Friday (10/24) day party that also features Oscar, Pinact, September Girls and Adult Jazz. The show is all-ages and no wristband or RSVP is required.

Continue reading "James played Webster Hall for CMJ (setlist), added to free Rough Trade day party w/ Pinact, September Girls & more" at brooklynvegan


Juicy J All I Need (Feat. K Camp) & Trash
Oct 23, 2014 3:23pm | StereoGum

This morning, Juicy J took to Twitter (“Wake yo ass up!”) to prepare fans for two new singles he dropped shortly afterward: “All I Need” (feat. K Champ) and “Trash.” The Academy Award winner, as per usual, stays true to his explicit tendencies on both tracks, spitting salacious raps over dirty trap beats. In “All I Need,” Juicy J reveals to us what is missing from his nearly perfect night of partying — all he needs is “one more drink, two more blunts, three more bitches …,” continuing up to the number 5. While “All I Need” finds Juicy J exploring ways to get more trashed, “Trash” is about, you guessed it, the haters. “Your wife on the Instagram looking for me,” Juicy J snarls at some unidentified opponent. Listen to both tracks below.

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more CMJ Tuesday pictures: September Girls, PINS, CYMBALS, Boyd Shropshire, Casual Sex & more
Oct 23, 2014 3:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Chris La Putt

PINS @ Cameo / September Girls, CYMBALS, J. Fernandez @ Cake Shop

Before and after his visit to Puddles Pity Party, BV photographer Chris La Putt hit some CMJ shows on Tuesday (10/21). In the afternoon he went to the Cake Shop day party which had a nice selection of some of the week's busier acts, including sometimes Kurt Vile associate Boyd Shropshire, UK dance/rock act CYMBALS, Glasgow, Scotland's Casual Sex, Ireland's September Girls, and Chicago's J. Fernandez and Curtin. Then after Puddles, he stopped by Cameo in Williamsburg to check out Mancherster, England's punky PINS. Pictures from those sets are in this post.

You can also check out Amanda Hatfield's CMJ day 1 pics (Peter Matthew Bauer, Lydia Ainsworth, more) and stay tuned for lots more CMJ coverage. More from Cake Shop and Cameo below...


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Deafheaven confirm third album
Oct 23, 2014 2:48pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Deafheaven at MHOW in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Deafheaven have confirmed on twitter that they'll be releasing the followup to 2013's excellent Sunbather in 2015. Stay tuned for more. The album also follows their one-off single "From the Kettle onto the Coil" which came out via Adult Swim earlier this year. Listen to that below...

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Pity Sex playing stripped down in-store at Fred Perry before official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase on Saturday
Oct 23, 2014 2:39pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Pity Sex are coming to NYC for the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase on Saturday (10/25) at Baby's All Right with The Jazz June, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport (tickets). It's their only full-band show here this week, but they will be playing a short stripped down set at the Fred Perry store at 306 Grand between Roebling and Havemeyer earlier that day at 4 PM. That's totally free to the public.

Stream Pity Sex's recent "Acid Reflex" single below...

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Pity Sex played stripped down in-store at Fred Perry before official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase on Saturday
Oct 23, 2014 2:39pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Pity Sex are coming to NYC for the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase on Saturday (10/25) at Baby's All Right with The Jazz June, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport (tickets). It's their only full-band show here this week, but they will be playing a short stripped down set at the Fred Perry store at 306 Grand between Roebling and Havemeyer earlier that day at 4 PM. That's totally free to the public.

Stream Pity Sex's recent "Acid Reflex" single below...

Continue reading "Pity Sex played stripped down in-store at Fred Perry before official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase on Saturday" at brooklynvegan


The Week In Pop: Kieszas The Full Package; Her Album, Not So Much
Oct 23, 2014 2:28pm | StereoGum

If the house-inflected Canadian pop singer Kiesza seems to have jumped on the post-Disclosure bandwagon a little late, consider that her “Hideaway” video — in which Kiesza and her posse pull off an epic one-shot dance routine on the streets of Brooklyn — premiered way back in February. So although “Hideaway” hasn’t been simmering toward success quite as long as “Latch” did, it’s not exactly something new either. Still, here’s what I wrote when I first posted the video last March:

Close your eyes and pretend it’s the new Disclosure single. Or open your eyes and enjoy some fully committed dancing.

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NOW HEAR THIS: Harrison hosts a 32-bit turn up, Circulatory System puts a CD on vinyl (and vice versa)
Oct 23, 2014 2:23pm | Chart Attack
Now Hear This is a daily dive into the standout songs of the day.

Harrison, "Back Home"

Harrison is Toronto's future-funk ambassador to the world. Some change is due, of course, now that the electronic landscape is occupied by Ryan Hemsworth's label Secret Songs, the global pop glut of PC Music, as well as an overdue acceptance of video game music and Mariah Carey. The opening notes of "Back Home" place the singer's "Touch My Body" in a cherry blossom orchard, and perpetually levels up its interplay of R&B glamour, and joyful 32-bit turn up.

Harrison has a bunch of music you can download on Bandcamp.

Circulatory System, "Made A Sound"

Even though the Elephant 6-associated act released a new album in June, it's easy to want more music from Circulatory System, just because their new record Mosaics Within Mosaics was such an ornate and well-considered craft of outsider indie. Luckily for everyone, they're releasing a brand new song in the same vein on an upcoming PIAPTK Records compilation. The release will be a CD/record hybrid with grooves that can be played on a turntable and CD player. So you'll have to doubly watch out for scratches.

Circulatory System's new album Mosaics Within Mosaics is out now via Cloud Recordings. Their song on the PIAPTK collection CD-Record Series is out December 2, with pre-orders starting November 4.

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Puddles Pity Party played Joe's Pub (pics)
Oct 23, 2014 2:16pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Chris La Putt

Puddles Pity Party @ Joe's Pub 10/21/2014

Puddles Pity Party, the sad clown with a golden voice, came to bring despair to NYC across two shows at Joe's Pub on Tuesday night (10/21). We caught the early show, where Puddles spent a lot of time getting up close and personal with the audience, which was hilarious to watch (if it wasn't happening to you). Among the covers performed was a moving rendition of Celine Dion's iceberg-sized 1997 hit "My Heart Will Go On," set against a photo montage of Waterworld star Kevin Costner. While not for those with acute coulrophobia, PPP was a good time for all concerned. Pictures from the show, including a few backstage portraits, are in this post and continue below...

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Spookyland @ Mercury Lounge: October 22, 2014
Oct 23, 2014 2:11pm | CMJ

The early show at Mercury Lounge last night saw Australia’s Spookyland showcasing their ghoulish, twangy folk-pop to a full house.

The post Spookyland @ Mercury Lounge: October 22, 2014 appeared first on CMJ.


The Twilight Sad - Nobody Wants To Be Here & Nobody Wants To Leave
Oct 23, 2014 2:11pm | Drowned In Sound

Much as I love this new album from The Twilight Sad, there are times that putting on Nobody Wants to be Here & Nobody Wants to Leave would be inappropriate: while having a romantic meal with a loved one, perhaps; while doing the housework; during sex or when standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. Play the record as background music, when taking it easy and youre going to be left with a difficult, impenetrable slog.

No one could ever accuse the band of shying away from accessibility their debut, Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters, is one of the finest indie pop records of the millennium but few concessions are made to the listener here. This is no bad thing, because this is an outstanding album and, if a bunch of hipsters are going to download it illegally and tell everyone they didnt anyway, because they want to look like they actually give a shit about the band when theyre really fooling no one, then god damn it why shouldnt they be made to work to enjoy it?

It feels as though a lot of deliberate obfuscation has gone on here. Each of the ten tracks is laden with feedback and post-rock drones; the production is noisy and crackled and singer James Grahams thick Scottish accent is as uncompromised as The Proclaimers (albeit thankfully without the nasal inflections). The result is what separates indie music from the contemporary mainstream: an actual album, a 40-minute body of work with a sense of cohesiveness that isnt de...

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